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Accrington EcoStation

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Accrington EcoStation is the UK's first eco railway station. The scheme sponsor is Lancashire County Council. The architect (and author of the Design Report, attached) is SBS Architects Ltd (Manchester), the Structural and Mechanical and Electrical Engineer is Halcrow Yolles and the quantity surveyor is Cyril Sweetts. Energy consumption is minimised primarily through passive design. The design provides high levels of insulation, maximum natural lighting and ventilation, solar gain and solar shading. Building materials were selected for low or negative carbon footprint and embodied energy. For example, local materials included locally reused stone, low embodied energy materials included wood and materials which can be reused after the building life time included the alumium roof. Second to passive design, running costs are minimised through active systems - renewable energy generation and water management. Wind turbines were considered, but are not efficient in this urban context and there are also health & safety issues associated with proximity to the rail network. The scheme was assessed using BREEAM as "very good" (subject to confirmation) and achieves an EPC rating of A. The scheme supports other local initiatives. A Station Travel Plan has been developed alongside the new station building scheme, for maximising access by the greener modes. The stone used in the station scheme ties the new building to the town conservation area. The town is one of the most deprived in the UK - the station is an important positive statement about progress. Overall, however, the station scheme has succeeded in achieving a high quality, secure and attractive public environment. It is, quite simply, a very nice place for the rail passenger to be in.

Lessons learnt

Design lessons learned are set out in the supporting "Design Report" Sept 2010. Ongoing monitoring, of the building, its resource usage, and for impacts on passengers will also be undertaken.

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Start date - End date

Monday, 4 January, 2010 to Friday, 13 August, 2010

Operational date

Monday, 18 October, 2010

Source of funding


Funding description

The funding package includes: Lancashire Local Transport Plan funding S106 funding from adjacent Tesco development Cycle England funding for cycle facilities Interreg IVB North West Europe grant through the SusStation project (lead partner: Lancashire County Council)

Economic effect

Twofold main effects: - an increase in use of the station, with associated increased rail ticket revenues - broader beneficial impacts on the image of the town and kick-starting local regeneration